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personal on capitol hill, the fight over chuck hagel. we'll explain. >>> what happened? theories on the meteorite that exploded over russia, and another incident you may not have heard about. >>> a new twist today in the cruise ship nightmare. welcome to "weekends with alex wit." what's happening out there. new word from president obama, taking on the gop on the right. and the president arrived in florida last night for the weekend, but not before his weekend address. time to finish the job by cutting the deficit $4 billion. >> you can make bigger cuts to education and job training and social security benefits. senior citizens and working families to bear the burden of deficit reduction, while the wealthiest are asked to do nothing more. >> that won't work, we can't cut our way to prosperity. >> republicans aren't holding back, criticizing the president over the upcoming threat of sequestration, if nothing is done to avoid it, massive funding cuts to the federal government will be triggered march 1st. >> in his state of the union address, these cuts were a really bad idea. what t
. the senate will need 60 votes to end a filibuster on defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. republican senator james inhofe of oklahoma is leading the charge to block hagel. harry reid scheduled the vote to end the filibuster for friday. >> this is the first time in the history of our country that a presidential nominee for secretary of defense has been filibustered. what a shame. >> howard, is hagel, is the nomination in trouble? >> a little bit. i think in the end it will get through. but i think this a way, chuck hagel has kind of become the pinata for republicans, because he is within reach. president obama is not. president obama is on the right side politically on most of these political issues. the republicans can't touch him, and they know it. the only person they can whack right now is chuck hagel. i mean, chuck hagel is a perfectly acceptable defense secretary. and privately, most republicans would say the same thing. but for a whole host of reasons, the only person that the republican right can go after right now is hagel, and they're going to do it. >> yeah. >> and i think
taste. choose prego. >>> opponents of chuck hagel aren't giving up even though he appears to not have the votes to become the next secretary of defense. alabama's richard shelby a top republican is breaking ranks and says he'll vote to end the filibuster and will then vote for hagel's nomination. in a less than ringing endorsement shelby says he is probably as good as we're going to get. but 15 other republicans including marco rubio and ted cruz are continuing the fight. they sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagel's nomination. the white house says that will not happen. >> just to be clear he won't be withdrawn. >> absolutely not. if any suggestion to the otherwise to the contrary might have been found in the minutes of the meetings of the friends of hamas. yeah. >> white house secretary jay carney making light of a discredited report that claimed hagel received speaking fees from a group called friends of hamas, a group that doesn't exist. let me bring in a republican strategist chip saltsman and democratic strategist morris reed. good morning, guys. >> good m
the money. >> john mccain chuck hagel lots of drama. >> comedy before the superbowl weekend and nobody found it funny. >> the can we say is were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straight forward question. i would like the answer whether you were right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate. >> michael hastings, you have something for us about football, don't you? >> yes in advance of superbowl weekend, no one found it funny. >> what about gay guys, any approach you? >> i don't do the gay guys. >> are there any on the 49ers? >> lots of drama between chuck hagel and john mccain. and it's go time. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> all right. the big story of the day today has to do with the excel key stone pipeline. it's been coming up again and again. the obama administration has refused to sign the permits to allow for the complete construction of the pipeline. for those of you who don't know what it is, it's a $7 billion project that would pump more than 800,000-barrels of toxic tar sands crude each day from alberta through america's agricultural heart lands to remainries in the gulf. environment
is set to vote today to end debate on the confirmation for chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. hagel is expected to clear the 60-vote hurdle to end the debate and send it to final debate. the senate finance is expected to approve jack lew for his post. >>> papal transition, what the pope will be called after he leaves office. >> plus, round 2 another relentless storm slams much of the u.s. how crews plan to deal with the record snowfall. >> how about this? image altered. what iran state media had to say about first lady michelle obama's oscar dress. all coming your way. '/÷
. at the confirmation hearing for president obama's nomination for defense secretary. farmer senator chuck hagel and got tough questions from vietnam veteran and fellow republican. john mccain asking hagel to admit he was wrong when he opposed the surge to the 30,000 troops to iraq in 2007. >> if you would like me to explain. >> i'd like an answer. yes or no. >> i'm not going to give you a question or no. it's par mu complicated than. thatly defer that judgment to history. >> history already made a judgment on the surge and you are on the wrong side of it. >> shepard: democrats defended him. >> i never had the pleasure of serving with you, which i wish i would have. we had a great conversation. you bring a fresh, breath of fresh air, truly a breath of fresh air to the process. >> if confirms senator hagel will be the first vietnam veteran and first enlisted soldier of any kind to be the defense secretary. >> he asked him to look at the entire record. mike emanuel on capitol hill tonight and some comments are getting more attention tonight. >> that is right. senator chuck hagel had a lot to defend and th
on the president's choice for next defense secretary. if and how this may affect chuck hagel's chances. >> dramatic images as the nightmare ends for thousands of cruise passengers. >> plus, an astroid will come close to earth today, as a meteor bursts into flames above russia. an update on the space show and amazing video ahead. >> first, a live look outside. we're starting off the weekend with a wintry mix. 7:26now. >>> take a look. welcome back. amazing pictures of a meteor falling to earth in central russia. it entered the atmosphere in the ural mountains. a driver in russia caught this video as he was driving on a highway as the meteor explodes into smaller meterrites. it caused loud explosions, intense flashes. it left a thick white contrail. an apparent sonic boom left broken glass in several cities which hurt over 450 people. >>> later today, an astroid half the size of a football field will come close to earth. even come closer than weather and tv satellites in orbit. but beyond that, nasa is telling people not to worry and it will not hit earth. at the closest point it will be 17,000 miles
's talk about chuck hagel's confirmation. i'm sure you saw it. it was great television. a lot of fireworks between hagel and john mccain. take a look. >> we are correct or incorrect. yes or no? >> my reference to the refer -- >> the question is were you right or wrong. that's a pretty straight forward question. i would like to answer and then you are free to elaborate. >> i am not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> joe, first of all, let me ask you this. the white house didn't jump to his defense after that stuff. why not? >> who didn't? >> the white house. the white house didn't jump to his defense. >> the white house has a sense that he has a good chance to be confirmed and everybody know that is the hearings will be contentious. no doubt there will be a lot of consengz and a lot of bad blood between this senator and colleagues and many who question his stance with regard to iran and how strong he would be and also with regard to israel. expect contention. that doesn't mean he won't be confirmed. i don't think the white house will jump to his defense. >> again, white house didn't j
to do with them, including a stunningly bad performance by chuck hagel in his senate confirmation hearing today. just listen to what he said about iran. >> we have never ever designated a part of a legitimate government, a state. when i say legitimate, it doesn't mean that we agree with iran, but it is a member of the united nations. almost all of our allies have embassies in iran. so that's why i note an elected legitimate government, whether we agree or not. >> chuck hagel, frequent guest on this show, while he was the u.s. senator. but i've got to disagree. legitimate and elected government? is he kidding me? there were millions of people protesting on the street and we should have helped the green movement stop that election because it was all a fraud. anyway, i think he's nuts on that point. and unfortunately, chuck hagel said a lot of other goofy stuff, too. so we're going to have to get to that soon coming right up. >>> next up, however, how many people are moving out of high-tech states to low-tech states? that's an easy one. should be 100%. the answer is a lot. robert fra
lindsay graham believes the senate should hold up the confirmation ofs of john brennan an chuck hagel until the white house releases more information on the deadly benghazi for attack. senator graham wants to know exactly what the president was doing that tragic night. >> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the c.i.a. director ship, hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense secretary of defense. did the president ever pick up the phone and call anyone to help these folks? >> what does this mean? joining us, a former media spokesperson for president george w. bush and joe mansion a democrat. mercedes and chris, welcome. mercedes, let me start with you. what does this mean if the senator is saying we're going to hold up these critical nominations until we find out about the president's activity that night? >> we've been waiting for months from the white house to figure out what happened in ban gaza. when you look at what susan rice mentioned on benghazi with her talking points, that basically saying that this was due to a protest. we know that wasn't the case. we
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-span. >> coming up tonight, the senate approved chuck hagel to be that next defense secretary. after that, republican leaders spoke of the upcoming budget cuts, known as a sequestration. president obama is in newport news, virginia and talks about the effects of sequestration would have on them middle-class. -- on the middle class. the senate voted to confirm senator chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. the final vote was 58-41 with four republicans joining 52 democrats and two independents in voting aye. next, the 25 minute debate on the senate floor. >> it is now time for us to vote up or down on the nomination for many reasons. the nomination has been before us now inadequate time to get the information which our colleagues have asked for. there is also the looming fact of sequestration. we need to have a secretary of defense who is not only in office, but whose leadership is not in limbo, but is there. our troops need it. their families needed. our country needs it. we have 66,000 military arsenal in harms way in afghanistan. the president of afghanistan has directed the united
thing. like he was right about iraq and you were wrong overall, and that's what chuck hagel said. i'll let history judge that. all right. sean hannity. >> i'm always trying to get to the understanding of why. the president has problems with israel, we see what is happening around the world. he knew this would be a controversial nominee, all of these trouble spots. why would obama pick him? >> stephanie: i'm sorry, did he just say obama has all of these problems with foreign policy. >> yeah. >> stephanie: i see, meaning he has been spectacularly successful and his approval rating are at an all-time high. >> exactly obama has been quite successful in repairing those relationships that george bush destroyed. >> everything was going fine until the black guy came along. >> yeah. >> they were all singing cunbiah. >> that's right. >> stephanie: and then he shows up. that one got in. [ sighs ] >> stephanie: and of course the rise of radical -- what? osama bin laden is dead and -- what! i'm sorry, i'm turning into the hard-of-hearing darth vader. liz cheney. >> you have to
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considering the nomination of chuck hagel for more than an hour, and all against a backdrop of republican opposition. >> with respect to chuck hagel and brennan, defense and cia just in the last week, their performance in front of the committees that have to confirm them has been pretty poor. >> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the cia directorship, hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until the white house gives us an accounting. >> and so as the president prepares to address the nation focusing on flash points overseas and major challenges at home from gun violence to unemployment and immigration, attention also falls upon whether the republican party will spend the next four years doing exactly what it has done for the last four, opposing and obstructing everything that this president has sought to achieve. for more now let's go right to nbc's kristin welker who is live for us at the white house. good afternoon. what's the white house reaction been to word that republican senators may try to hold up the nomination of chuck hagel? >> reporter: well, marti
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hagel the department is controlled by the israeli foreign military. and if the second statement were true said the secretary of state's office is it controlled by the israeli foreign military, and the israelis-u.s. relationship way out of the mainstream. if he were to accuse the department of state of being basically subserviant to the nation of israel that would be, that would be enough to scuttle this nomination. >> new questions about transparency within the obama administration as the white house press corps expressing frustration after being barred from the president's weekend golf trip to florida. >> the drive-by fit to be tied. and ed henry the head of the white house correspondent's association has logged an official complaint with the white house claiming lack of transparency. >> let me say it as simply as i can, transparency and the rule of low will be the touchstones of this presidency. >> do you think it's that big a deal. do you think that a picture with obama and tiger woods, it would hurt him? i don't either. who are we talking about, he's the celebrity of the united s
former senator chuck hagel's nomination. one of those taking some heat after the vote is senator rand paul who has his eye on a possible 2016 presidential bid. the move is putting him at odds with some of his most ardent supporters, the tea party activists. how are this impact his future political career? joining us is chris, the host of power play, which airs weekdays on fox news.com. chris, thanks for coming in on a saturday. >> you know. anything to talk -- anything to get the 2016 speculation started. why wait? >> let's get the ball rolling. first, let's look at a quote from a statement that rand paul issued shortly after he helped put on hold some of these cabinet nominations. he said, quote, i believe there are standards in both policy and background that go beyond mere disagreement and go to the sustainability -- the suitability, i should say, of the nominee to perform their job. that's why i have placed on hold the nomination of john brennan to serve as director of the c.i.a. that's also why i voted to not end debate on the hagel nomination. i do not believe senator hagel has
of hagel's nomination. wondered if hagel had ever paid by government including north korea. >> i don't know if mr. hagel received funds directly or indirectly from foreign sources extreme sources but his refusal to provide disclosure is highly troubling. >> senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically is r has i am puned the patriotism. nominee. >> even fellow republican opposes hagel's nomination is bias. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. served his country and no one on this committee at any time should i am pun his character or his integrity. >> that only served to precipitation a more aggressive liberal piling on. >> guilt by association remind us of another senator senator joe mccarthy. >> hammer lock on minor voighters and hope to marginal lies him as a right wing rue. he is seen as a charismatic piss tanic graduate of princeton and harvard law. it can help the gop appeal to more niernities. cruz made his presence felt in a short time by u.s. senate standards. in a 6 year term it's hard to tell if it will hurt or help. liberals are blasting him but that's already adding more
weeks unless the president and congress find another way. president obama's nomination of chuck hagel to be secretary of defense has been blocked in the senate tonight. in a rare move, republicans are filibustering to prevent a vote on hagel. congressional correspondent nancy cordes is following all of this. nancy. >> reporter: scott, hagel's nomination is not dead, but this does mean the democrats cannot move forward with a vote to confirm him right now. they can try again after that week-long recess that wyatt just mentioned, and republicans have signaled that they might step out of the way then, but there's no guarantee. >> pelley: cabinet nominations have only been stopped with filibusters three times in our history. why did the republicans take this step? >> reporter: well, some of them feel that this vote is being rushed, that they still have questions about hagel's suitability to be secretary of defense, while others think blocking this vote is their best leverage to try to get more information out of the white house about the benghazi attacks last september. democrats call it
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
work will be picked up in ten minutes or so. kristen? >> former nebraska senator hagel has secured the necessary votes to become the next defense secretary. hagel won the last needed vote yesterday when alabama senator shelby gave his support. a vote is expected next week. 15 g.o.p. senators urged president obama yesterday to withdraw his nomination saying hagel lacked bipartisan support and the confidence to do the job. >> president obama is welcoming japan's new prime minister to the white house today arriving in washington, dc, yesterday, and is the 5 the prime minister of japan since president obama took office. they will meet today at a time of high tension stoked by a territorial dispute between japan and china. he is a keen advocate of stronger relations withed withed with, that remain key to policy in asia. >> not korea will allow phoners to visit to tweet, skype, and serve the internet on their cell phones or other mobile devices. the big decision follows last month's visit by google executive chairman. a mobile link provider will launch a network by march 1 available only
with the nomination of chuck hagel for defense secretary. a 71-27 vote ended the gop filibuster. republicans had opposed hagel questioning his support for israel and suggesting he was too willing to compromise with iran. the senate could vote again later today to confirm hagel, who has the necessary votes for approval. >>> one thing congress can't agree on, automatic spending cuts set to kick in, in three days. the cuts would have wide reaching effects especially on the military. >> if we not to do have the resources to train and equip the force, our soldiers, our young men and women are the ones who will pay the price potentially with their lives. >> half of the $85 billion in cuts would come from defense. the rest would trickle down through government programs hitting education hard. as many as 40,000 public schoolteachers could lose their jobs. bay area schools are already facing budget uncertainty and tonight, the san francisco unified school district will vote to approve initial layoffs to more than 200 educators. >>> wall street is bouncing back from it
. under president obama, the have reportedly been more than 360. >>> the vote on chuck hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense has been postponed. the senate armed services committee put it off after republicans demanded more information on speeches hagel made. plus, who paid him for the speeches. there's also been this concern over hagel's performance during the question and answer sessions at his confirmation hearing. >>> closed hearings resume today in the chandra levy murder case. her convicted killer ingmar guandique was brought from an alabama prison back to washington, d.c. to attend the closed door hearing. he was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 60 years in prison. we've learned that the hearings stem from some sort of problem with a witness who helped send ingmar guandique to prison. the judge in the case is refusing to release details of the hearings citing safety concerns. >>> right now an annapolis woman is behind bars and charged with killing her 2-year- old daughter. 25-year-old chelsea booth has been arrested. authorities say that she killed the child earlier this
making news this morning. chuck hagel is one step closer to becoming secretary of defense. the senator armed services committee approved his nomination along party lines 14-11. hearings became heated after texas senator ted cruz suggested hagel received money from what he called quote extreme and radical groups. >> this senator feels like that senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. he's served his country and no one on this committee at anytime should impugn his character or his integrity. >> meanwhile, treasury secretary jack lew heads to capitol hill for his confirmation hearing. it's confirmed that he will succeed timothy geithner. >>> conditions seem to be going from bad to worse aboard the abandoned cruise ship. those on board said filled with sick passengers, scarce food and only a handful of toilets. the ship is being towed. >>> and a tiny affenpinscher beat out hundreds to win best in show at the westminster kennel club. banana joe, or joe, was best in show. >>> and a little m and a act
in the nomination process for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. just a short time ago, a procedure vote to close the debate on the nomination narrowingly failed in the senate. president obama said republicans are playing politics while the nation is still at war. hagel has faced many challenges from fellow republicans. republicans also are demanding more information on president obama's actions on the night of the deadly terror attack at the u.s. consulate in ben ghazi, libya. they want that before they will confirm hagel. the next vote is likely to happen on february 25th. that's when congress returns from a resist. >>> prince george's county got a boost in its ever to have the fbi move its headquartered to green belt. metto says it has about 88 acres that could benefit from a federal agency locating there. no firm decision has been made about moving the fbi anywhere just yesterday. leaders in d.c. and virginia say they're putting proposals together. they wanted new fbi headquarters too. >>> a really nice day out there today, doug. i think we'll have more tomorrow, but look at that sun
hagel. >> the question is were you right or wrong. >> coming up. president obama nominee to be secretary of defense faces sharp and sometimes angry questioning special freely his friend. >> investigation reveals the true price of some local school bond. billions of dollar in debt that is taking decade to repay. >> and which cancer screenings should you skip? sh[ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation, so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot, even on a holiday weekend. ♪ things are definitely... looking up. [ male announcer ] with no blackout dates, you can use your citi thankyou points to travel whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards to apply. susdz. >> fiery day on the hill. hagel purple heart recipient in vietnam and former senator to be nominated secretary of defense at the confirmation hearings. his former colleague met him with a barrage of critical questions
secretary former senator chuck hagel at his confirmation hearing i think it is fair to say you gave him a real going over about his opposition about the iraq troop surge in 2007. let's take a look at that. >> were you correct or incorrect? yes, or no. >> my reference to -- >> can you answer the question, senator hagel. the question is were you right or wrong? >> chris: i got a question for you. how are you going to vote on the hagel nomination? >> we still have some more information but again that wasn't an academic discussion i was having with senator hagel. we were losing the war in 2006 and when the president came around president bush who i had been very critical of came around and sent david petraeus and the surge we succeeded in iraq. now, because of the obama administration actions afterwards we are losing and badly unraveling. the fact is if we hadn't done that more american lives would have been lost unnecessarily. so for then senator hagel to say well, he will let history be the judge. he was there and involved and i'm sure he is wrong and he knows he is wrong on the basis of
are facing major hurdles. senator john mccain says he may filibuster chuck hagel's nomination if the president doesn't get more information on the attack in benghazi and a hold on general renan if he doesn't get answers about the use of drones in the united states of america. that's an issue we talked about last week when i asked the chairman of the house intelligence committee that very question, whether he could see a time when drowns were used against american citizens on american soil. >> i don't think we'll ever get there. i think it's very, very important to understand that the legal justification for using an air strike against an enemy, no matter their citizenship, is long standing in this country. they no longer have the benefit of u.s. citizenship to protect them when they're on foreign land fighting the battle of the united states. >> earlier, i spoke with rand paul of kentucky and asked him if he thinks he is wrong. >> well, he didn't say no. what i want to hear from john brennan before i agree to let his nomination go forward, that no cia or the department of defe
chuck hagel. coming up at 5:15 what that means for lee john panetta. yesterday was supposed to be his last day on the job. >>> time now 5:05. there is a new investigation at the california department of park and recreation maintained a hidden cash surplus for more than 20 years. that is longer than earlier reports. investigation by the california state auditor tracked the surplus that goes back to 1993. last july a $20 million hidden cash surplus at that agency was found. it came at the same time the department was moving to close down 70 state parks because of budget cuts. >>> if you are flying in or out of san francisco this weekend you may run into delays. a construction project we've been talking about could cause a slow down for flights again. one of the main runways will close at 10:00 tonight and stay shut down until 8:00 monday morning. air traffic could be cut from 60 aircraft an hour to 30 an hour. >>> time now 5:06. we want to keep everything moving on the roads at least. that is sal's department. you're watching the east shore scene everything else. >> we are dave and pam.
secretary nominee chuck hagel's explosive and contentious senate hearing. what are the chances that he'll get confirmed. >>> the dow closing above 14,000 for the very first time in years. will it continue? that's the big question. >>> but up first some brand new developments this out of alabama. that's where a 5-year-old boy remains hostage in an underground bunker. at this hour authorities sent a special message to the man holding him there, jimmy lee dykes. the standoff began five days ago when police say dykes kidnapped the boy from his school bus after shooting the driver. jonathan serrie is live at the scene in midland city, alabama. what's the latest? >> reporter: no resolution as the hostage standoff goes into a fifth afternoon. however, authorities say they are in constant communication with 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes communicating through the pvc pipe that provides ventilation from the surface to his underground bunker. authorities say they have no reason to believe that any physical harm has come to the 5-year-old hostage. listen. >> mr. dykes, through our communications we'
. >>> senate armed services committee could vote on the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next defense secretary. hagel faced off against some former republican senate colleagues yesterday in a bruising confirmation hearing. the sharpest exchange against senator john mccain who criticized hagel's opposition to the troop surge in iraq. and hagel apologized for using the term the jewish lobby in the past. >> i have already said i regret referencing the jewish lobby. i should have said pro israel. i think it is the only time on the record that i have ever said that. >> eight republicans plan to vote against him. he has backing among many democrats. >>> blinding snow blamed for a deadly pileup on a michigan highway. the mile long stretch of crashes involving 30 trucks and cars. three people were killed including two children believed to be siblings. and at least a dozen others were hospitalized. witnesses say they were driving on i-75 when conditions went from clear to whiteout in just a matter of seconds. >>> a similar scene along a snowy highway west of minneapolis. three dozen big rigs,
at the consulate on the night of september 11th. >> i don't believe we should let brennan or hagel be confirmed until the white house gives us an accounting. if the president ever calls anybody on the phone to help these folks? what did the president do? the families need to know the american people need to know. >> it is not unwarranted to stop for attempt to try and stop the secretary of defense or the cia director. we need chuck hagel who is qualified to be the secretary of defense. >> president obama nominated chuck hagel to goibecome the ne secretary of defense and brennan to become the next cia director. he will not filibuster but vows to vied track until he gets more information. he tells fox news that he is threatening to filibuster chuck hagel if necessary to prevent his confirmation. we heard cutting hours to avoid the cost of obama care. now faith is doing the same thing. lauren simonetti always unintended consequences, right? >> since working 30 hours a week is considered full-time under the new healthcare law more employees are getting 29 hours this way the employers save money by
hagel for defense secretary and also john brennan for head of the cia in order to get the white house to give answers. >> you're about to make some news here, i think. you are saying that you are going to block the nominations. you're going to block them from coming to a vote until you get an answer to this. >> yes. >> reporter: on cbs's "face the nation" sunday, senator lindsey graham acknowledged he would use a rule that allows a senator to put a hold on presidential nominees. he hopes by delaying the confirmation of chuck hagel and john brennan he can force the white house to answer questions about how much president obama knew about the september 11th attack in benghazi. >> i want to know what our president did. what did he do as commander in chief. did he ever pick up the phone and call anybody? i think this is stuff that the country needs to know. >> reporter: four americans including ambassador chris stevens were killed in an assault on the u.s. consulate. republicans have accused the administration of misleading the public about the attack. >> this whi
. >> the couple is expected to reach the border of ecuador today. >> in 3 hours chuck hagel will become the nation's defense secretary. senators narrowly approved hagel's nomination 58-41 this after a historic nomination fight where hagel became the first cabinet pick to become filibustered. all but four voted against him. president obama says hagel is the right man for the job. >> the time right now 14 after the hour. still to come our live coverage pope benedict xvi final public appearance continues. >> so they didn't actually come to republicans are outraged he left for a campaign style speech on seek station with days left to try to stop the cut. peter doocy is live with an update for us on that. >> good morning patti ann. senior administration officials are telling us since sequestration cuts will be let out it won't be held until late march or early april. they believe juanes that happens republicans will wind up kaying and giving the president the higher tax rates he wants just like they did during the fiscal cliff debate. this came hours after president obama took his message to new port n
hagel, the president's pick to be the next defense secretary. they are demanding more details from the white house on the daily raid on the u.s. consulate in libya last september and also want more time to look into income that hagel failed to disclose during confirmation hearings last week. republicans say they will not block an up-or-down vote after they get back from vacation in 10 days. >> i think that that is a sufficient period of time to get answers to any questions and i think that senator hagel after that period of time deserves a cloture vote and an up-or-down vote on his nomination. >> president obama says republicans are playing politics with national security during wartime and says hagel will eventually be confirmed. >>> coming up next on fox 5 morning news, warmer weather, the crack of the bat, you can almost smell spring around the corner, coh, yeah. baseball time. it's almost here. the nats are stepping up to the plate down in florida getting ready for their first full squad practice at spring training. >>> first, let's talk -- check in, rather, with tucker barne
, the president wants to replace secretary panetta -- the man he wants to replace panetta with, chuck hagel, is having his confirmation held up. now, can you explain inwhat this is about? what's happened? >> reporter: sure. well, the vote for chuck hagel to be confirmed has to come out of the senate armed services committee, and republicans there have asked mr. hagel for really some intense background questions as to whether or not he has been paid by any company that has dealings with foreign companies in the last five years. they want to have all the records about anything that he's been paid $5,000 or more through speeches or various things over the last few years. karl kevin thoucarl levin thoug the ranking member for 26 years, says this has been unprecedented by republicans. they're really going after all this information because they simply want to delay mr. hagel. he released a letter today that said mr. hagel's nomination will move forward next week. hopefully be voted out of committee. that's what democrats feel. and they held the numbers there, 14-12, so they believe it will go fo
be moved up sooner. a showdown over the confirmation over senator chuck hagel shall the man president obama has picked to be the next secretary of defense. tonight one high ranking republican says a vote to confirm him should be allowed to happen. and the republicans successful solved his nomination, over a slew of concerns including the position over israel and iran and questions about how the white house has handled the terror attacks on our u.s. consulate in libya have also become part of the debate over chuck hagel. and steve scentanni is live with us. >> some republicans are questioning the qualifications of chuck hagel at the pentagon, but probably be confirmed anyway, now, hagel was widely criticized during his performance during the confirmation hearing and they delayed the vote so they'd have more time to ask the questions about the nominee, they say there should be be no hurry. and it's an important position. and here is senator lindsey graham on fox news sunday. >> i think we're doing our job to scrutinize, i think, one of the most unqualified, radical choices for secretary of de
for secretary of defense, chuck hagel. coming up at 7:15, what this means for the current defense secretary, leon panetta. yesterday was supposed to be his last day on the job. he says he's looking forward to coming back to monterey to take care of his ranch. >> yeah. >>> a lot of people are off. they don't have to work like you and i. it's presidents day. you are still watching the commute. >> that's right. i'm gonna be here on monday, too. >> i know you will be here, too. it will be the same even better on monday. some people don't have to go to work. some people will. we're looking at the commute on some of the major freeways. there are people out there, westbound on 80 as you drive out to the macarthur maze. no major problems. but it's not as busy as it normally is. looking at the bay bridge toll plaza, that's lighter. there is a little bit of a delay. we don't even bother with the traffic time. 101 northbound at 37 they are clearing a crash there with a little bit of slow traffic, southbound 101 in that area. 7:08. let's go to steve. >>> mostly clear skies. there's just a few little hi
will ever become a reality? let me know on twitter. follow me @brettbaier. those who support chuck hagel as defense secretary indicate they will likely allow a vote after they return from recess next week. south carolina's grahamm from says he will take hagel at his word he does not recall making a comment that the state department is adjunct of the israeli foreign minister's office. hagel wrote to graham "i completely disavow the content of the aed statement attributed to me." there is no video or audio so far of that supposed remark. at rutgers university of 2007. also journalist bob woodward says while some senate democrats have asked the white house if hagel would withdraw, the answer has been no. the man who succeeded hagel in the senate will not seek re-election next year. republican mike johan of nebraska says he wants to focus on his family. mccain tells nbc most of his senate colleague colleagues wile to support a bipartisan gun control package that could include unver a background checks. "usa today" writes gun shoppe owners are reporting ammunition shortals in part because of
hagel's nomination for defense secretary will remain tied up. we will get reaction to his treatment from fellow nebraska senator bob kerry. we will talk to him aboutt that and other things, as well. also the president's reaction says it all in this photo of the week, the president was at a preschool in decatur, georgia pushing his plan to ensure high quality programs for all children. gave out some high fives and fist bumps. we'll be right back. this is msnbc, the place for politics. aspirin, really? i haven't thought about aspirin for years. aspirin wouldn't really help my headache, i don't think. aspirin is just old school. people have doubts about taking aspirin for pain. but they haven't experienced extra strength bayer advanced aspirin. in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. what's different? it has micro-particles. enters the bloodstream fast and rushes relief to the site of pain. visit fastreliefchallenge.com today for a special trial offer. visit fastreliefchallenge.com it's been said that beauty is in the ewell...beho
the sequester from kicking in? on other news chuck hagel has been confirmed as the next secretary of state. pat roberts warns there could be demons from the clothes you buy from thrift stores. watch out. all right. all of that's come up and a whole lot more but first the latest. here she is with today's current news update, our good friend lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning to you. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. dc is unveiling a new statue of rosa parks today. : this will be the first full-size depiction of any african-american. the capitol does have busts of martin luther king, jr. and sew journer truth. congressional's leaders are saying it's a watershednent our history. >>> the president is speaking and answering questions at the business council dinner in d.c. obama is voicing his opinion on chuck hagel's long-awaited confirmation saying the u.s. has the secretary that our troops deserve. it was close but lawmakers did confirm hagel 58 to 41. he is scheduled to be sworn in today. that means hagel now heads into office with a
in the senate on president obama's new national security team. will chuck hagel become the nation's new secretary of defense? all this and more just ahead. ♪ [ female announcer ] from tracking the bus. ♪ to tracking field conditions. ♪ wireless is limitss. . ... ♪ [ female announcer from more efficient payments. ♪ to more efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. jon: shocking new report about al qaeda and hole grown terror. it shows the group still able to adapt and diversify despite major setbacks over the years. the report looks at more than 1 70 individuals suspected or convicted of al qaeda-related plots right here in the united states. they include major nadal hasan accused of shooting 13 people in the fort hood massacre. also dote nating a crude car bomb in times square in 2010 and jose padilla,, currently behind bars on conspiracy to murder and kidnap and maim people in a foreign country. that is just the tip of the iceberg. all this comes as we mark 20 years to the day since al qaeda first attacked the world trade center in 1993. chief intelligence correspondent
chuck hagel who has been nominated to be secretary of defense has been proposing. he has said so many things against us even as a nation being nuclear armed and ready, that it is very disturbing to people all across the country. bill: if you think that, do you think we've lost the argument with iran over its nuclear program? is that time passed? >> well, i think that the time has passed. they now view it as, us versus them. sanctions have worked to lower the value of their currency. sanctions have had an impact on people through throughout the country of iran. but i don't believe they have had the impact that has been desired against the iranian government. bill: why are we sitting down and talking again? what's the expectation from something like this? >> i think very little would be expected. i would expect the iranians to have their arms folded in front of their chest and sitting there, perhaps, listening, but basically they're continuing to run out the clock. they may even talk a little bit about wanting to negotiate but they have no interest in, my opinion, bill, in negotiating o
against illegal guns joe cerencione will come in and talk about the latest in syria but can chuck hagel survive a less than stellar performance last week in front of the senate foreign relations committee and job numbers came out. thanks to richard fouling for filling in, in friday. i was in boston giving a speech to the massachusetts bankers' association. so job numbers came out, and former labor secretary, hilda solis still in town is going to come in and talk job numbers with us as well. a lot to cover, but first: >> this is the full court press. >> some other headlines making news, still another win for "argo" been affleck taking home top honor for director's guild for the iran hostage drama showing how big a snub he got for not getting nominated for an oscar of best director. the academy awards coming up in three weeks. >> bill: i am more and more convinced "argo" will win best picture? >> looking that way. sad news from the bush household. former president george w. bush's dog, barneyey passed away, the little black scottish tear year. 12 years ol
hagel is in serious trouble in this hour and expecting release of a new video at any time that could make things a whole lot worse for him. welcome to "america live" everyone. i'm megyn kelly on this special edition of "america live" on a thursday and we'll get to that in a bit. senate republicans appear ready to mount a full scale filibuster looking to hold up former republican senator chuck hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense. this at a time when the defense department is most in need of strong leadership, but the republicans have real questions whether this is the man to provide it. they accuse mr. hagel of hiding parts of his history, including at least two controversial speeches on the mideast and his thoughts about israel. and just within the past hour we learned that video of one of those speeches is expected to come out any moment now. chris stirewalt the is our fox news digital editor and power play.com. and lisa has experience in the middle east, counterterrorism and specifically iran. chris, i love the car nation, happy valentine's day to you both. and this is wha
filibustering president obama's nominee for secretary of defense, for now. will chuck hagel be confirmed anyway? why the delay? former senator scott brown is just ahead. he will address that. bill: he was holding his head in his hands. olympic star oscar pistorius, formally charged with shooting his girlfriend to death inside of his hope. he put out his first statement. we'll get a live report out of south africa. bill: this word from the vatican today. the retiring pope benedict xvi signing off on one of the last major appointments of his papacy. he approved a german lawyer to head the troubled vatican bank. that appointment ends a nine-month search after the previous bank chief was ousted for incompetence. pope benedict steps down on the 28th of february, triggering a new conclave in mid-march with the selection of a new pope happening sometime we do believe in mid to late march, beef easter. heather: that should be exciting to watch. let's talk about another story that's getting a lot of attention now. an emotional court appearance in south africa just hours ago as prosecutors say they will
certainly has. thanks very much for that, jessica. >>> with republicans baulking at chuck hagel's confirmation as defense secretary, harry reid filed a motion to cut off debate. it will take 60 votes to cut off debate and move to an up or down vote on nomination. the move is scheduled for friday, barring a deal to hold it earlier. >>> take a look at our latest cnn orc poll. when we asked whether the president's address would lead to more bipartisan cooperation, 39% said yes. 53% said no. joining us now, our chief national correspondent john king. john, does this change the dynamic in congress at all? >> that's the big question after the state of the union address. the president lays out a second-term agenda. in our poll, most of the americans who watched the speech liked the speech and boosted the president's proposal just a bit. this is how the president won a second term. 51 to 47. if you look at it from this perspective, he won a pretty convincing electoral college. 332 for obama, 206 for romney. let's come over here and look at a different perspective. last night he was in t
. news from capitol hill chuck hagel the president says he is sure he is confident. chuck hagel should be confirmed. wait until you see what happened this afternoon. some tough and perhaps unprecedented road blocks have just gone up on the way to the cabinet. we'll have the breaking news and the fallout coming up from washington and miss america is moving, again. not the person but the pageant. leaving las vegas after six years in sin city. so miss america, where are you going? now we know. that's coming up. dentures are very different to real teeth. they're about 10 times softer and may have surface pores where bacteria can multiply. polident kills 99.99% of odor causing bacteria and helps dissolve stains. that's why i recommend polident. [ male announcer ] cleaner, fresher, brighter every day. >> shepard: breaking news today on capitol hill. senate republicans just forced a delay the white house says it still expects the senate to to confirm hagel. eventually. former senator nebraska iran and other issues. some senators are demanding more answers and by many accounts it didn't go wel
farewell parties and waiting out the last hours of the tenure at the walnut farm in california. hagel, meanwhile, already working out of the pentagon for weeks preparing for the transition and first battle will be a budget war. the dod is faced with cuts even in the next seven months alone of $43 billion. cuts to training, grounded planes, docked warships. all things the president referred to today at a shipyard. >> main reason i'm here is to call attention to the important work you're doing on behalf of the nation's defense and to let the american people know that this work along with hundreds of thousands of jobs are currently in jeopardy because of politics in washington. these cuts are wrong. they're not smart. they're not fair. >> michael hersh is chief correspondent at "the national journal." so let's start there. there's this notion that if he's confirmed and i think we all expect that he will be that he'll enter defense in some kind of a weakened position after not so great confirmation hearing and then this really okay ro moan you battle over the confirmation. what kind of ta
speech last night, members of congress were locked in a bitter fight over the nomination of chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. in a sharply divided 14-11 vote, the armed services committee sent hagel's nomination to the senate floor but only after hours of intense debate. >> we saw, with his nomination, something truly extraordinary, which is the government of iran formally and publicly praising the nomination of a defense secretary. i would suggest to you that to my knowledge, that is unprecedented to see a foreign nation like iran publicly celebrating a nomination. >> i want to put on the record that this senator feels like that senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee in your conclusions, which you are entitled to come to, about him, in essence, about being cozy with iran. >> my friend, senator nelson, i wrote down the words, criticizing our senator there for implying that chuck hagel was cozy with terrorist-type countries, referring to iran. i'd say he's endorsed by them. you can't get any doze zier than that. >> i've go
. and that is what we will be voting on now. later on, there will be a vote on whether to confirm senator hagel. the vote now is whether to bring this debate to an end. i hope we will so we can get on to the nomination vote. i yield the floor. i think it's noon and time for a vote. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. the senator from oklahoma has 30 seconds remaining. the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: let me say that we -- everything has been said, not everyone has said it. however, i would like to make sure that everyone understands that the actual statements that were made by the former senator hagel in terms of the relationship of our country with israel and iran prior to the time that he was nominated, because many of those statements were changed at that time. i encourage the no vote on cloture. the presiding officer: the time is expired. under the previous order, the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. the clerk: cloture motion, we the undersigned senators in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate hereby move to br
to head the pentagon after chuck hagel's nomination comes up short in a key senate vote. let's talk about it with monica crowley radio talk show host and fox news contributor. harry reid said just when you thought things continue get worscouldn't get worse, it gets worse. >> senator reid is sanctimonious on this point blaming the republicans and getting all up in arms about the fact that the republicans are holding off on this nomination when the democrats have performed similar maneuvers to try to block republican nominees including george h.w. bush's choice for defense secretary john tower. and nominee john bolton. jon: this is the kind of thing that has happened before. >> on both side, correct. nothing new here. jon: why are the administration, and democrats in the senate making it out as though the sky is falling here? >> they are trying to make a political argument that the republicans are just doing this for politics but nothing could be further from the truth. chuck hagel is a very problematic nominee. he had one of the most disastrous confirmation hearing performances in recent h
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cain will not support a filibuster to block the nomination of chuck hagel as secretary of defense but is a sharp critic. during confirmation hearings last week, john mccain disputed his opposition to a troop surge during the iraq war. john mccain says he does not believe a filibuster is appropriate. some inares say a filibuster may be the only way to stop hagel from becoming defense chief. >> a warning this morning to men. a study finds too much time in front of the tv could be reducing your fertility. scientists asked 189 volunteers questions about how much they exercise and how often they watch tv. men who watch more than 20 hours of tv a week are half as fertile. part of the reason could be because heavy tv viewers are less physically active. volunteer whose said they worked out 15 hours or more a week had a much higher sperm count. the study's authors say more research is needed. >> facebook knows quite a bit about the users. new details about your life it could gather on your mobile division, -- mobile device, whether you like [ female announcer ] pillsbury crescents are awesome. but when i cook u
jose, kpix5. >>> chuck hagel is one step closer to becoming the next secretary of defense. voted 14-11 along party lines to send the nomination to the full senate. that full senate vote could happen later on this week. hagel faces opposition from some fellow republicans over his past positions on israel, iran, and nuclear weapons. >>> we also learned tonight that once the pope retires, he will retire to his summer home near rome. there are still some questions unanswered tonight. first, how will catholics address benedict after he retires? also, what happens to the ring? the ring is usually destroyed when a pope dies. the pope hasn't retired in 600 years. so, the church is entering somewhat unchartered territory. >>> tomorrow is ash wednesday. the start of lent. that means mardi gras and of course, new orleans. a live look where the party officially ended ten minutes ago. >> cbs reporter is in the french quarter right now. what's -- it is still cooking behind you it looks like. >> yeah, it certainly is. hard to tell that mardi gras is officially over. actually, we are taking part
, a setback for the president's pick for defense secretary, chuck hagel, because of continued republican opposition. hagel will need 60 votes to be confirmed, not the usual simple majority. that's the first time that's ever happened for a defense secretary nominee. that vote showdown will happen before the end of this week. >> peter alexander at the white house for us tonight. peter, thanks. >>> and now to what has become a very unsavory story about conditions on board a cruise ship deteriorating very rapidly. it is no carnival tonight on board the carnival vessel "triumph" after a fire, a power failure, a bathroom failure, an air conditioning failure, a food shortage and now a tow into port in mobile, alabama, to end the suffering on board what was supposed to be a nice escape for over 3,000 passengers. our report tonight from nbc's janet shamlian in mobile. >> reporter: these are the passengers who have been toughing it out on the crippled "triumph," living four days now without power, working toilets or enough food. the photos were taken from another carnival vessel as it delivered su
bed with his kids. he has had cancer surgery in december. >>> the nomination of chuck hagel to be defense secretary hits another bump in the road. senate republicans have stalled hagel's nomination for at least another two weeks. senate could not come up with enough votes to he saidep end a filibuster and bring the nomination to the floor. they need more information. but republicans suggest that they are willing to let the nomination go forward after ter they get pack from the recess. >>> oscar pistorius formally charged with murder. he was arrested yesterday after his girlfriend was found shot to death in his home. he broke down in tears in the courtroom, his agent says he rejects the charge in the strongest terms. >> bring as whole new meaning to the term poop deck. >> you said it, not us. thanks very much. >>> they're joking about it now, but it was pretty rough going for five days for the cruise ship. more than 3,000 passengers are on their way home, thankful for those hot showers and flushing toilet. folks talked about the dae fl r deplorable condition, but they had pr
are some other stories making news this morning. chuck hagel now has the 60 senate votes needed to be confirmed as the nation's next defense secretary after winning support from richard shelby of alabama who took part in the filibuster. a vote is expected tuesday. meanwhile, 15 republican senators have sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagel's nomination saying he lacks broad bipartisan support. >>> former illinois cop drew peterson has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife kathleen savio. in a rare courtroom outburst 59-year-old screamed, "i did not kill kathleen." peterson is still a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife stacy. >>> a crewless russian cruise ship is adrift in the ocean after the cable snapped twice while being towed. the ghost ship has no power lights making it a threat to other vessels. the ship's owner is in talks with salvage companies to locate and retrieve it. >>> massive mutant gold fish are being found in lake tahoe. scientists believe they were dumped there by aquarium owners and
: also tomorrow, the senate is expected to consider chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary once again. brian, this time the republican filibuster is expected to fail. hagel could be confirmed as early as this wednesday. >> peter alexander at the white house tonight. peter, thanks. >>> almost thankfully we at least get to talk about the weather, even though it is a massive blizzard churning its way across this country tonight. watches and warnings are up in several states, many already hard-hit. now facing what is shaping up to be another record-breaker in some parts. weather channel meteorologist mike seidel joins us from wichita, kansas tonight. hey, mike. good evening. >> hey, good evening, brian. all or parts of 20 states tonight into wednesday are under some type of winter weather warning or advisory. it stretches from texas to maine. meanwhile, this morning the plains got hit hard by howling wind and blinding snow. the storm hit hard in the predawn hours in the texas panhandle. >> oh, my god, dude. >> reporter: 2 to 3-inch per hour snowfall rates and hurricane-force wind gu
. >> straight ahead four two police gunned down while investigating a sex assault case. chuck hagel will be sworn in this morning as our next defense secretary and we have some stocks to watch. plus why the protests at a good inquiry tire plant happening? >>> welcome back to "early today." here's some stories making news this morning. >>> a bus carrying a university of maine basketball team skids off an embankment north of boston. the driver was seriously injured. the team coach was treated for cuts on his face and more than 20 others have minor injuries. >>> in illinois former state lawmaker robin kelly is the democratic nominee in a race to replace jesse jackson jr. kelly's campaign was helped by $2.5 million in ads about gun control from new york's mike bloomberg. pretty action committee. >>> chuck hagel, the new defense secretary, will be sworn in at the pentagon, the former republican senator was confirmed by a vote of 58-41. after weeks of delay by senators. >>> hundreds held a vigil in new york city last night on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year-old t
but fewer customers by the books and other products. >> republicans opposed to hagel to become secretary of state will likely allow his senate confirmation vote to proceed. critics say he is unqualified to lead the military and are concerned the former g.o.p. senator from nebraska and decorated vietnam vet is not supportive of israel and is unreasonably sympathetic to iran. senator john mccain says he does not believe hagel is qualified but his nomination should not be held up any further. president obama has been angered by republicans delaying him from completing his national security team. >> a man goes for a hike in the northern california foothills and ends up with unwanted company. the frightening encounter that had him calling 9-1-1. >> parents, do your kids spend hours watching tv? it is not the time if >> pressure is mounting on president obama to make protecting the environment a top priority. hundreds rallied to gather against the keystone pipeline calling for moving oil from canada to the gulf of mexico through several states. >> a larger demonstration took place in washingto
of christopher dorner. >>> taking advantage of senate rules, republicans have blocked chuck hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of statement president obama is accusing them of, quote, playing politics in a time of war. republicans say they want more time to study speeches hagel gave after he left the senate in 2008. he has sparked controversy with his comments regarding israel and iran. this would mark the first time a national security nominee has ever faced a filibuster. >>> he made headlines as the first double amputee to compete in the olympics. and now oscar pristorius is making headlines as a killer. he's charged with murdering his supermodel girlfriend. she was shot four times inside his house in a gated community. police dismissed earlier reports that he had surprised her and that she thought he was an intruder. >> he made olympic history last summer when he became the first double amputee to compete in the olympics. he is due in court tomorrow. >>> something needs to be done. i've said it before. it's the job of the congress, whomever. >> that was cleo patrick howling. her da
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